Charles Ives: His musical philosophy and compositional style as applied to five works for chamber orchestra



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The purpose of this research is to examine the chamber orchestra works of Charles Ives for stylistic similarities and for innovative musical concepts. Five works were selected, which provided a variety of musical material on which to make comparisons. These works are not the most famous of Ives"s compositions, but they contain nearly all of the important stylistic features found in Ives"s larger works. Background material, necessary to the understanding of Ives"s philosophical and musical ideas, is provided in the first chapter. The research includes observations by well-known scholars of Ives and frequent musical examples to illustrate specific musical constructions. The chapters discuss the five works individually in regard to the specific elements of music and in the conclusion as compared to one another.